For any driving grade you’ll be subject to the same criteria for recruitment as mainline driver (psychometric assessments etc). The “two strikes” rules applies too. Bear in mind that not all Shunter roles are Shunter Drivers either, only if specified that’s what they are.Is there different/less tests for a shunter driver as opposed to mainline driver.
The requirement for psychometric tests isn’t because of driving on NWR infrastructure if you’re defining that as the mainline railway. It’s a requirement because Shunter drivers/depot drivers etc will hold a European Train Driving Licence therefore even if you’re solely driving within the confined depot limits, they will be assessed using the same psychometrics as mainline drivers.Most shunter driver positions require a valid psychometric as you will be driving on Network Rail infrastructure. Some positions (certainly with at least one FOC) you don't generally need a psychometric.
I understand that, although admittedly I wasn’t aware different TOCs defined their depot drivers as not part of a driving grade to some extent. However, the reason for psychometric assessments isn’t because of driving on NWR infrastructure. It may be that some TOCs/FOCs put their depot drivers through psychometric assessments is to make a transition to mainline more seamless? The aptitudes are the same for both grades.We have shunter drivers, they are not issued with a European Train Driving Licence nor do they hold psychometrics.
Trying to become a Shunter myself. Do you know what FOC‘s where you don’t generally need a psychometric?Most shunter driver positions require a valid psychometric as you will be driving on Network Rail infrastructure. Some positions (certainly with at least one FOC) you don't generally need a psychometric.
And your slate is wiped clean, in regards to traction and other knowledge - you have to do the whole driver’s training course.
Trying to become a Shunter myself. Do you know what FOC‘s where you don’t generally need a psychometric?
But drive in a worksite on a T3?
Thanks for your reply. Wish I had the option of sending you a PM so I can ask you some questions about getting my foot in the door.Shunter (not driver-shunter) I don't think any FOCs require psychometric. Shunter with yard driving duties you don't need a psychometric at GBRf...not sure about other FOCs.
There was a scheme in place a few years ago where GBRf shunter-drivers could do limited driving in T3's. The scheme was abandoned due to perceived high risk. While some individuals still retain the grade, I don't think any of them currently do the actual job....again no psychometric was required.